SIGNAGE is large enough, but you’d be forgiven for overlooking Simply Beans as a breakfast or lunch venue of choice with its warehouse-type facade.
Tucked in a bustling warehouse district of traders, wholesalers and mechanics at the Kingston Rd end of Compton Road, Simply Beans too is primarily a wholesaler.
But walk inside however, and there’s a relaxed haven where people have heads buried in newspapers, sipping their favourite brew and a bite to match.
The seating here is under the high roof of a warehouse, allowing guests the feeling of space. There’s an inviting service area under a much shorter roof, and a menu designed to accompany the star of the show – its coffee.
Select a single-destination bean from one of the world’s most exotic coffee-producing nations, or opt for a blend that the Simply Beans team has masterminded in their industrial roasters.
The European-style menu suits the casual nature of its surroundings, not the type of meal that would be served out of a full kitchen.
Rather, there’s a selection of cafe foods which can be heated quickly.
Anyone who’s travelled through Europe will appreciate the premise of being able to take half an hour out of your day to enjoy the aromas of good coffee, accompanied by a satisfying choice of fresh produce.
A chorizo, roast potato, red pepper and spinach frittata might not sound light and simple. But served in the same way a quiche would be delivered, it’s a tartlet with style.
Bagels are big on the menu, and they’re light and fresh in the middle, with a toasted crunch on the outside. Streaky bacon, avocado, semi-dried tomato, aged cheddar cheese, greens and aioli is difficult to fault.
Nor is turkey, brie and cranberry with a touch of Spanish onion and greens.
There are filos, wraps, burgers and pizzas, or a selection of seasonal salads in the display fridge.
Whether it be on your way in, or on your way out, be sure to check out the daily sweets. Again, with all the flare of a European bakery, there are a few croissants with flaked almond and icing.
Or cakes. Take your pick, and take a deep breath to smell the coffee.